Another new feature, the Celebrity Chef du Jour booth, features well-known chefs offering special dishes prepared (under the chef’s direction) by students from the Washburne Culinary Institute. Wednesday’s chef, Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, created Jamaican-glazed pork belly over julienned jicama and green papaya — easily one of the fanciest Taste of Chicago creations ever.
Gaytan is one of five chefs cooking special three-course, sit-down dinners (inside an air-conditioned tent) each evening, but Gaytan’s dinner — along with dinners by Tony Mantuano, Graham Elliot and Stephanie Izard — sold out weeks ago. Tickets remain only for the Sunday lunch by Jimmy Bannos (available on a walk-up basis; tickets are $40) which probably says more about Sunday crowds than it does about chef Bannos. Full article at WGN Radio